File Photo: Tourists are seen at a beach in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.(Photo: Reuters)
Russia to resume charter flights to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts
The decision ends a near six-year suspension of flights following a deadly crash over Sinai in 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin rescinded a 2015 decree banning Russian charter flights to Red Sea resorts in Egypt, Russian News TASS reported on Thursday.
The decision ends a near six-year suspension of flights following a deadly Russian plane crash over Sinai in October 2015. According to TASS, the decision was published on an official, legal Russian website.
In April, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Russian counterpart agreed on the resumption of flights between Russia and Egypt’s Red Sea airports, including Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada.
Russia suspended direct flights to Red Sea resorts in Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh as well as other Egyptian airports following the 2015.
Russia’s flight suspension to Red Sea resorts has taken a heavy toll on Egypt’s tourism industry – a key source of hard currency – since Russian visitors were major contributors to the tourism market in the country prior to 2015.
Since then, Egyptian authorities have upgraded all safety and security measures at all of the country's airports.
As a result, Russia resumed flights to Cairo International Airport in April 2018, ending a 30-month suspension, but did not resume flights to Egypt's Red Sea destinations.
Over the past several years, Russian aviation and security experts have repeatedly inspected safety measures at Egyptian airports, including Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada.